City/county Digest


December 09, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Man gets one year for leaving 2 children in Cherry Hill field

Konstantin Syropoulos was sentenced to one year in prison yesterday in connection to charges for leaving his girlfriend's young children alone in a field last spring while he allegedly went to buy drugs.

Baltimore Circuit Judge John M. Glynn sentenced Syropoulos, 28, of Brooklyn for two counts of "contributing to child in need of assistance status," a neglect-related misdemeanor charge.

Syropoulos pleaded guilty in October. He was arrested April 5 in Cherry Hill after police discovered a 7-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl in the fetal position, crying in some weeds. He is not related to the children, who were unhurt.

19-year-old fatally shot on West Pratt Street

A 19-year-old Baltimore man was fatally shot early yesterday in West Baltimore, police said.

James Powell was outdoors with several other people in the 1600 block of W. Pratt St. about 12:20 a.m. when the group became involved in a dispute with a man police have not identified, said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman. During the argument, a second unidentified man approached the group and started shooting.

Powell, of the 300 block of S. Stricker St., was hit several times and fell to the ground, Harris said. The gunman then stood over him and fired more shots.

City man serving sentence is fatally stabbed at Jessup

A Baltimore man serving a three-year sentence for larcery was fatally stabbed Tuesday at the Maryland Correctional Institution in Jessup, state prison officials said yesterday.

Robert George, 29, was stabbed in the chest while returning to his cell block from lunch, said Capt. Priscilla Doggett, spokeswoman for the Division of Correction.

George reported his injury to guards about noon, was examined by medics and was pronounced dead at 3:30 p.m. after being taken to University of Maryland Medical Center, authorities said.

Doggett said corrections officials have a suspect, but had not yet filed charges.

In Baltimore County

Fire at Lutherville church was arson, officials say

LUTHERVILLE - Baltimore County police and fire officials have determined that a small fire at a Lutherville church yesterday morning was deliberately set, authorities said.

The fire occurred in second-floor classrooms under construction at Trinity Assembly of God Church, at West Joppa Road at the Baltimore Beltway, police spokesman Bill Toohey said. A maintenance worker smelled smoke and called his supervisor, who called 911 at 6:59 a.m.

No injuries were reported, and damage was minimal, Toohey said. Police had no suspects and had not determined a motive. Toohey declined to say how investigators determined arson was the cause of the fire.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was notified, as is routine for church fires, and will provide technical assistance, Toohey said.

Ex-facility owner sentenced for hitting disabled resident

TOWSON - The former owner of an unlicensed assisted-living facility in the Pikesville area has been placed on 18 months' probation for punching a developmentally disabled man in his care, the state attorney general's office said yesterday.

Thomas C. Williams, 37, of the 1100 block of Bonaparte Ave. in Baltimore owned Keeper of the Brethren Homes on Painted Post Court. He pleaded guilty Tuesday in county Circuit Court to one count of abuse of a vulnerable adult, a spokesman for the attorney general's office said.

The charge stemmed from an incident last Dec. 17, when Williams repeatedly punched a 28-year-old resident in the face in front of a police officer after the resident called Williams a liar, the attorney general's office said. The resident, who is moderately mentally disabled, suffers from schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder.

Williams previously served eight months in the county detention center for leaving two developmentally disabled men who were under his care alone for almost four hours during a blizzard in February 2003, the office said.

College official named Notre Dame Prep leader

TOWSON - Sister Patricia McCarron, associate academic dean at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, has been named headmistress of Notre Dame Preparatory School in Towson, the board of trustees announced yesterday.

McCarron will replace Sister Christine Mulcahy, who will step down June 30 after eight years at the helm of the private Catholic school for girls.

McCarron will become the 10th headmistress at Notre Dame Prep, where she began her career on the faculty. She has held administrative positions at Bishop Walsh Middle/High School in Cumberland and Seton Keough High School in Baltimore. She has completed doctoral work at the Catholic University of America.

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